AbledBody Helps Disabled Navigate Gadget World
Assistive tech for the disabled is an important topic people may not give much thought to, even though an estimated 54 million Americans are considered to be physically or mentally disabled. That's about 19 percent of the U.S. population.
From CNET News, March 27, 2009
Noted Disability Columnist Suzanne Robitaille Launches Abledbody.com
Former BusinessWeek.com writer introduces first consumer website to focus on technology and innovations for the 54 million Americans with disabilities, their family, friends, marketers and employers.
From Newswire, March 26, 2009
Braille Silver Dollar Goes on Sale
The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders Thursday for the first coin to feature readable Braille.
The 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar commemorates the 200th birthday of Louis Braille, inventor of the Braille system of reading and writing used by the blind.
From CNN.com, March 26, 2009
India - Blind Can Vote without Help at the Polls
It is aimed at giving the blind voters dignity and secrecy. For the first time, Braille-facilitated electronic voting machines (EVMs) are being introduced on a large scale for the 15th Lok Sabha polls.
From The Hindu, March 25, 2009
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key administration posts: (...) Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Department of Labor; (...)
From The White House, Press Release, March 20, 2009
Lexmark Accessibility Solution Helps the Visually Impaired Leverage MFP Technology
Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK) today announced the Lexmark Accessibility Solution, a new application designed to provide people with visual impairments easier access to Lexmark multifunction product (MFP) technology. The application is being shown this week at the 24th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference in Los Angeles.
From Prnewswire.com, March 19, 2009
Verizon Wireless Re-launching Motorola Q9c with TALKS Assistive Tech
Well what do you know? The Verizon (NYSE: VZ) Wireless Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Q9c isn’t dead after all. Following on rumors that the Motorola Q9c would reach the end of its product life cycle, we’re seeing Verizon Wireless re-launching the Moto Q9c with TALKS assistive listening technology on-board.
From IntoMobile.com, March 16, 2009
Google Turns Voicemail Into E-mail
Google is seeking to blur the line between the telephone and the computer even further with the introduction of Google Voice on Thursday.
From Reuters, March 12, 2009
Google Introduces Phone Services
Google has strengthened its mobile services with the debut of a service called Voice that could be a challenge to Skype and other phone firms.
From BBC News, March 12, 2009
Landmark Disability Pact Provides Road Map to Improve Lives of Millions - UN official
People with disabilities suffer some of the worst violations of their human rights, but a groundbreaking United Nations treaty that entered into force last year provides a road map to improve this situation, the world body’s top rights official said today.
From UN News Centre, March 06, 2009